Addicts and Those Who Love Them
  • Brighton Fringe

After witnessing my son's terrible squalid journey into a craven addiction, I wanted to work with addicts and those like me, who love them, to paint them and ask: what is happening for you? How do you do what you do? There is precious little to like about addiction; we see addicts as irredeemable, modern day lepers. This exhibition is a witness to the stories and experiences of those affected by addiction.Photographer Michael McAlister is exhibiting work about his experience of addiction. The exhibition is powerful, raw, kind and not without hope. I am painting each sitter as a saint.

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